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April 29, 2016

House of Representatives Passes D.C. Voucher Reauthorization Bill

Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah

April 27, 2016

How Elections Will Impact Congressional Education Committees

For the most part, Congress has been pretty quiet on K-12 in the months since it passed ESSA. But there are congressional elections this year, and some of them could have a notable impact on the two committees that deal with education policy.

April 18, 2016

Teacher Shortage Is Target of Bill in Congress from Reps. Hanna, Takano

The bill from House Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and Mark Takano, D-Calif., would allow teachers to apply their classroom service time to two federal loan-forgiveness programs simultaneously.

April 14, 2016

House Oversight Committee Reauthorizes D.C. Voucher Program

H.R. 4901, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would reauthorize the D.C. voucher program for three years.

March 31, 2016

New Federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Approved by Obama

The commission could help to give broader and more permanent approval to the White House's push to use more tiered-evidence systems—like those used in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Investing in Innovation program—to evaluate federal programs.

March 22, 2016

Education Data, Student Privacy Take Spotlight at Capitol Hill Hearing

The House education committee weighs the issue at a time when some lawmakers are pushing to update the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

March 18, 2016

Give ESSA's Block Grant More Money, Long List of Groups Tells Congress

Over 75 national and regional organizations are asking Congress to beef up funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, which get about $500 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget.

March 16, 2016

Groups Urge Congress to Boost Funding for Disadvantaged Students in Budget

Groups including AASA, The School Administrators Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Rural Education Association seek Title I funding at $450 million above the president's budget.

March 14, 2016

Senate Confirms John B. King Jr. as Education Secretary

King had been serving as acting secretary since the start of this year after taking over for former Secretary Arne Duncan. The vote in the Senate was 49-40.

March 10, 2016

Senators: ESSA Block Grant Shorted in Obama Budget

Sen. Alexander pointed out that the block grant was essentially a compromise;many senators wanted to keep those eliminated programs around, or had hoped to create new ones. He doesn't understand then why the president's budget asks for money for new K-12 programs, while not seeking to fund the block grant sufficiently.

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